Started working on my Live Oak Log today, This is some of the heaviest wood I’ve ever dealt with, just moving it by myself is a challenge.Good thing I have a riding mower and trailer , not to mention the adjustable roll around shop tableto be able to get it up on my sawhorses . This nesxt picture is after I’ve routered both sides to be nice and level for stacking later, I’ve applied anchorseal at both ends. Ready for some boracare , for a preventive treatment of powd...
Well it’s been a little bit since my last youtube video, thanks again for watching! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-57L4nYxhU In this video, I’m walking through my log yard / Sawmill and wood shop talking about my on going projects…...
- Making a Slab Coffee Table I have a very nice walnut slab that I plan to make into a coffee table. I am happy to say that flattening a slab of wood with a router in my shop was even easier that I thought it would be! Not only was it easy, but the results were great! This is one of those tasks where an adjustable height workbench came in very handy because setting it to a very low height made it easier to move the router across the slab. The slab is a slice out of a tree, some p...
I’ve been living in the natural world of Rivers Inlet, British Columbia my whole life and I’ve never found anything that astounded me more than this. As a beachcomber, when I find a slide it’s a perfect treasure for me to sift through but what I found the day I came across this slide, completely blew my mind. At first sight, the log was a beautiful old growth red cedar – already a gem in itself. But once I started milling, the unique treasure I discovered within ...
This is what it looks like all put together. Still have to do a bit of flattening to the top side. It started out almost perfectly flat. But a couple three boards had warped so there were a couple of low spots. I’ve removed about 1/4” so far, leaving only two spots untouched by the planer – one about three or four square inches and another just a bit bigger. I’ve been taking several 45° angle passes across the entire surface.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q1lboLLjAQ In this video I’m making lumber from some Canadian Black Walnut logs on a 1992 wood-mizer LT-40HD. I’m flitch sawing the logs keeping the live edge on. Which is not only good for table tops, I get extra lumber that I can use for my chairs because of the curves of the legs, fit the curve of the boards. As always thanks for watching!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob3_bSx0L48 Follow along the build of a beautiful live edge book matched slab computer desk. Built from Canadian Black Walnut from a pair of book matched slabs along with a unique cantilever leg design.
I started this blog with a post about flattening the odd-shaped slab of walnut over a year ago. A lumberjock recently requested that I follow up on that post as I had intended to. I don’t have as many photos of the rest of the process but will describe what I can. The router sled was awesome for making the slab flat and it was smooth enough that I could spend some time with hand planes and a card scraper to get it smooth without too much difficulty. It was still challenging becaus...
I finally finished up my new slabbing mill today that I have been working on the last 3 months or so. It was very rewarding to finally fire it up and start cutting. All the extra hours of research, planning, locating small parts, and getting parts machined that I couldn’t find anywhere else, have finally paid off. This mill so far has exceeded my expectations and is fun to use. It was so much fun and faster than my old mill that I almost forgot to take pictures! This mill can cut u...
After some advice from other wise lumberjocks I decided to flatten the top by sanding it with my belt sander instead of trying to pull it flat with angle iron. It still has a very slight sag in the middle but it’s hardly noticeable and won’t affect the function of the table. I doubt the customer will ever notice unless they pour a glass of water into the middle of the table to see which direction it goes. I sanded it to 220 and then went back and filled a couple small bubbles...
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